Sarah Emerson

Sarah is a San Francisco-based Motherboard reporter covering the environment, tech culture, and science oddities. You can reach her on email or on Twitter (@SarahNEmerson).

humpback whales

A Mysterious Ocean ‘Blob’ Might Have Kept Female Whales From Getting Pregnant

Scientists believe the blob gives us a grim look at how climate change could affect whales.
Sarah Emerson
4 hours ago
ocean plastic

A Dead Whale with 88 Pounds of Trash in Its Stomach Washed up in the Philippines

Plastic pollution claims another one.
Sarah Emerson
2 days ago
climate change

Catastrophic Temperature Rise In the Arctic Is 'Locked In,' UN Report Says

“What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic.”
Sarah Emerson
3.14.19
Sex

Woman May Have Had Allergic Reaction to Drugs in Partner’s Semen

"To our knowledge, this is the first reported case."
Sarah Emerson
3.13.19
fossils

500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Found Hidden in Canada

A fossilized ecosystem offers new evidence for life that once existed in seemingly uninhabitable places.
Sarah Emerson
3.7.19
Drugs

Rats Appear Less Anxious After Microdosing DMT, Scientists Find

But the powerful psychedelic drug still needs “much more research.”
Sarah Emerson
3.5.19
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg’s Private Hawaiian Estate to Be Opened to the Public for an Auction Next Month

The Facebook CEO's land grab on Kauai has culminated in a public auction set for March.
Sarah Emerson
2.21.19
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Toxic Black Snow Is Covering Towns in Siberia

“The future of our children is terrifying.”
Sarah Emerson
2.20.19
wildlife trafficking

30 Tons of Pangolin Parts Seized In Malaysia's Historic Trafficking Bust

Malaysian authorities found two warehouses full of the most trafficked mammal in the world.
Sarah Emerson
2.13.19
polar bears

Dozens of Polar Bears Overtake Russian Island and Cause State of Emergency

"Daily life is in turmoil."
Sarah Emerson
2.12.19
antarctica

NASA Discovered a ‘Disturbing’ Glacier Hole Two-Thirds the Size of Manhattan

A new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that 14 billion tons of ice have almost entirely disappeared from Thwaites Glacier in the last three years.
Sarah Emerson
2.1.19
climate change

Climate Change Is Revealing Arctic Landscapes Not Seen For 40,000 Years

A new study of Baffin Island's glaciers suggests that modern temperatures represent the warmest century in 115,000 years.
Sarah Emerson
1.29.19
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